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Do individual cells in our bodies show intelligence?


In his new book, Miracle of the Cell (2020), biochemist Michael Denton talks about the ways our bodies’ individual cells appear, to researchers, to show intelligence:

“No one who has observed a leucocyte (a white blood cell) purposefully—one might even say single-mindedly—chasing after a bacterium in a blood smear would disagree.” – Michael Denton, Miracle of the Cell, Pp. 18–19.

To be clear, most researchers do not think that white blood cells or bacteria are conscious, like dogs or cats. They are, however, often thought to be sentient (capable of feeling).

At the very least, like complex machines, they are full of critical, interacting information. And sometimes, also like complex machines, they spookily manage to behave as if they were conscious.

Except for one thing: Cells are vastly more complex than any machine we have built.

News, “Why do many scientists see cells as intelligent?” at Mind Matters News

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